Review Guide: Best Ergonomic Office Chair for Lower Back Pain in 2016

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After long days sitting in my office, my back eventually started to hate me and so did my hands. I got to a point where I was in so much pain after every shift. I know I needed to correct something.

I started reading up on orthopedic ergonomic office chairs that could help my needs. It was overwhelming and prices were all over the place, I didn’t know if I was paying for quality or I was just paying for the name. I read a bunch of articles on how important ergonomics was at work, so I decided to take action into my own hands.

I got to a point where I was sick of all the so called advice every article was giving me. And, yes, I arrived at the conclusion that something can be excellent for me and horrible for my cubicle buddies, and that is why the buyer should acquire information on more that one product and then decide which one is truly best for him or her.

In my search for the best most comfortable ergonomic office chairs I compiled a list. And this list is what you see today. My research and findings of what will help you ease the pain in sitting in that desk all day.

The Best Ergonomic Office Desk Chair Reviews in 2016

If you’re here you are probably feeling the pains I felt. The uncomfortable numbing and constant aches. Sitting in a chair all day is horrible. Most of us work jobs that require us to sit all day for eights hours maybe even more. I am not going to tell you to quit.

Im here to give you the most practical solution that I can think of. Get ergonomic equipment that can correct most of these pains. My theory is, if you’re going to sit all day, you might as well have a good place to sit in, right?

Not all desk chairs are created equal. Some have more advanced ergonomic benefits. These include breathable mesh and lumbar supports. With orthopedic office chairs there is a positive correlation with price and functionality. The higher the price the bigger the benefits.

Herman Miller Aeron

Herman Miller Ergonomic Office Chair

One of the most popular ergonomic desk chairs in office buildings. The Aeron set the bar for ergonomic office chairs in 1994. With no foam based cushions the Aeron was a innovator. Made up of woven mesh the chair has no straight lines, replicating the human body. The Aeron comes in three easy to remember sized ranging from A,B and C. Each size is strategically crafted with the owner in mind to give a highly comfortable and highly adjustable lounging experience.

Pros: Its no question why the Aeron is still around after a decade. This is one of the most comftorbale seats you will ever sit in. No other chair will feel quite as comfortable as it used to. It is very stylish and looks great.

Cons: The price is on the upper end of the scale when purchasing the Aeron. You are definatly not just paying for the name here. You are getting everything you need in an ergonomic office chair here.

Herman Miller Embody

The Embody, does just that and embodies the human skeleton in mind. This chair was designed by the original designer of the ever popular Aeron. The goal with the Embody was to correct any complaints with the Aerons design almost like the little brother who beats you at everything.

The embody boasts and exposed exoskeleton that copies the spines contours. The back moves as you move and keeps your spin corrected and aligned without adjusting the chair. The backrest to this chair has individual supports which is going to move and adjust to any position you put yourself in.

This chair is more on the pricey side depending on the aesthetics you choose. Undoubtedly one of the most comfortable chairs you will ever sit in though.

Pros: In true fashion the Embody out does its older brother by being the more comfortable out of the two. Because you are not getting in and out of your to relieve the numbing in your back you can balance out the cost of this chair with your higher productivity.

Cons: This chair has got to be one of the most heaviest chairs out there, and for the price you can almost bet it will be the most expensive as well.

Humanscale Freedom

Humanscale Freedom Ergonomic Office Chair

Supportive, fully adjustable and very luxurious. This chair has the luxury you are looking for and the ergonomic functionality that you need. Perfect for your home office so you can sit in style.

The freedom chair is designed with six controls for lavish luxury. This ergonomic office chair features a cushion based design to adapt to and shaped spine or body size. The cushion is strategically placed within contact areas to minimize pressure points and to even weight distribution.

With the high end styling and the great functionality this is a perfect fit for the executive who is looking to correct their form and posture.

Pros: Great Design, comfort I well above average. The freedom has a great counter weight that supports your back at all times.

Cons: The armrest adjustment system is a little irritating and dysfunctional, but the armrests themselves are comfortable.

Overview: The Freedom Chair doesn’t have any comfort or ergonomic feature that will wow you, but it’s a very solid chair and does its job well.

Herman Miller Sayl

Another Herman Miller, well the reason, they know how to make good chairs! The sayl is an ergonomic office chair that is beautifully designed to match your personality without sacrificing your health. The Sayl is a reasonably priced chair on the lower end of the spectrum.

For what it lacks in adjustability it makes up for in style. There is a wide range of colors that you can choose from. The Sayl sits above the rest of the chairs in this price bracket. If you are looking for the best bang for you buck, look no further.

Pros: The Sayl is a well built chair that serves its function. It does not have all the bells and whistles you see in higher end models. If you are looking for the the Aeron is where to go. The Sayl however does make up for it in price. At an affordable price the Sayl is a great chair to pick for someone who is on a budget.

Cons: As mentioned, not as much adjustability as some of the chairs on this list.

Haworth Zody

Haworth Zody Ergonomic Office Chair

The Zody puts function over form with the only chair authorized by the American Physical Therapy Association. This chair allows you to target problem areas by conforming the char to your natural body shape.

This ergonomic office chair is great for lumbar support. With the independent lumbar support with full control over the right and left sides of your lumbar region, you are going to get full support for you lower back.

The pelvic support is there to keep the natural curve in your posture. You still have all the natural adjustments and you have the choice of an additional headrest as well.

Pros: Highly adjustable, looks pretty much good in any atmostphere. The lumbar support is below none and is one of its selling points.

Cons: The arms are highly adjustable but are too easy to knock out of position. The casters which are nearly frictionless cause the chair to roll around a lot if placed on a hard surface. The seat pad is also on the thicker side and while it does not “breathe” as well, it is still comfortable.

Overall: The zody is a great chair, though if you want all the bells and whistles you will have to shell out the extra dough.

Steelcase Leap

Steelcase Leap Ergonomic Office chair

This ergonomic office chair is just what you are looking for if you are doing a lot of movement. The Leap is very sturdy and long lasting and it has a lot of adjustability to boot. Its extremely comfortable and the design makes your whole back feel supported.

This chair was designed with ergonomics and the planet in mind. 98% of this chair is recyclable and 30% of it is made up recycled content.

Pros: the Leap is going to stand strong when compared with the other high end ,models on this list. The build quality is great some parts could have had a better build quality, but im just noting that because of the price of this chair. But other than that the Leap is up there for ergonomic design and style.

Cons: The lumbar support was not as up to par with the Aeron at time it feels like it feels like its not adjusting evenly. The build quality of the levers is out of place considering the rest of the chair.

Humanscale Diffrient

Humanscale Diffrient Ergonomic Office Chair

The Diffrient is a different kind of breed when it comes to ergonomic office chairs. This chair with its weight sensitive design and automatic incline gives for a much simpler experience.

This is Humanscales first ever mesh chair, the entire chair weights under 25 lbs and is also green friendly with 97% of it made from recycled material.

This chair hides the functionality under a great design. But unlike other task chairs this chair is innovative and accommodates to the user without all the crazy amount of levers and arms.

Pros: Very leight weight, self adjusting, awesome support, fits 95% of the population, great aesthetics, earth friendly.

Cons: Not a huge con, but depending how rough you are with it, just cushion replacement. Still nothing major.


Finding the best orthopedic ergonomic office chair has a lot of benefits. The majority of these chairs are on the higher end of the spectrum, but just like a car, you can opt out of all the features you don’t need.

Putting price aside for a moment and think about where you are spending the majority of your day in the office. Its safe to say that most of you are at a desk, in your chair. If you are looking to improve the quality of your life you I guarantee you these chairs will do just that. These chairs are designed to improve your well being and they look amazing as well.